By Chris Harris
The timing of Aaron Ramsey's injury will not hamper his development into a top-class footballer, according to Arsène Wenger.
The Wales midfielder is back in the Frenchman's squad for Saturday's Premier League clash with Sunderland. After warming the bench against Leeds and Ipswich in January, Ramsey could make his first appearance since breaking his leg at Stoke City last February.
Thirteen months ago, as the teenager left the Britannia Stadium in an ambulance, Wenger feared for Ramsey's future. Now the manager thinks that the midfielder's youth helped his recovery process.
"[He will be] better now because he is a young boy, 19 years old and you expect him to be stronger," said Wenger.
"When he will be really back on the competitive side of the game he will be stronger. When you have a big injury before the age of 20 normally you come back and you develop normally.
"That is why the big question mark about him was whether he would be back fully fit physically. That is now sorted out in a positive way, the rest is just a question of playing games."
Every long-term injury victim has to overcome mental as well as physical hurdles during their rehabilitation process. Wenger has been impressed by Ramsey's attitude.
"He has dealt with it very well but he could talk much better about it than I can," said Wenger. "Certainly he has been very down for a long period but on the outside signs he has shown he is always highly motivated and determined to work hard.
"It feels good to have him back because it happened one year ago basically, his injury. He had to be very patient and he must feel himself very good to be back."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source